The information, opinions, and conclusions I have presented in Clear, Concise, Compelling were developed over a 20-year period between 1987 and 2006. Because I was delving into this subject long before I committed to writing a book, there are bound to be several books not listed below that influenced the material. I will add them to the list when memory or happenstance aids me.
I have not listed dictionaries, but I must mention my beloved Random House Dictionary of the English Language (second edition, unabridged). In the days before Dictionary.com, a decent dictionary was indeed a great asset.
Bryson, Bill (1990) The Mother Tongue, Penguin Books.
Bryson, Bill (2002) Troublesome Words (3rd edition), Penguin Books.
Burchfield, RW (2004) Fowler’s Modern English Usage (3rd rev. edition), Oxford University Press.
University of Chicago Press Staff (2003) Chicago Manual of Style (15th edition), Chicago University Press.
Dear, ICB (1992) Oxford English, Oxford University Press.
Elliott, Rebecca (1997) Painless Grammar, Barron’s Educational Series.
Gee, R and Watson, C (1990) English Punctuation, Usborne Publishing.
Partridge, Eric (1995) The Wordsworth Book of Usage and Abusage, Wordsworth Editions.
Peters, Pam (2004) The Cambridge Guide to English Usage, Cambridge University Press.
Strunk, William Jr and White, EB (1979) The Elements of Style (3rd edition), Macmillan.
Temple, Michael (1997) A Pocket Guide to Correct English, Barron’s Educational Series.
Truss, Lynne (2003) Eats, Shoots & Leaves, Profile Books.
Venolia, Jan (1995) Write Right! (3rd edition), Ten Speed Press.
Waldhorn, Arthur and Zeiger, Arthur (1954) English Made Simple, W H Allen.